Nissan has announced a comprehensive series of updates for its X-Trail SUV, with new looks inside and out plus some subtle engineering changes.
New lights – including daytime running lights – bumpers and front grille make the updated Nissan X-Trail relatively easy to identify, while changes to the wheel size and bodywork mean it grows 10mm in every direction.
X-Trail interior updates and options
On the inside Nissan has worked to improve quality, with new materials for the steering wheel, gear selector, door cards, seats and A-pillar trim. Models equipped with leather will also benefit from a better stitching.
When we tested the X-Trail, we found the interior materials to be of a reasonably high quality, so we’ll be interested to see how much of a difference the changes make.
Modified front seat backs give rear passengers an extra 10mm of knee room, and the luggage compartment load cover is now higher quality. New options included heated rear seats and a glove box linked to the air conditioning system – meaning it can keep items warm or cold.
Changes to the instrument cluster increase clarity, while a new drive computer offers fuel economy information including remaining range, outside temperature with ice warning and average speed. It will also remind the driver when to take a break, and give optimum gearshift advice for maximum efficiency, amongst other features.
Improved 2.0 dCi turbodiesel
Speaking of efficiency, the 2.0-litre dCi turbodiesel engine has been fettled to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations. Changes here include increasing the number of injector ports from six to seven.
Similarly, the ratios in the manual gearbox have been revised for a ‘better compromise between acceleration, fuel economy and emissions’ – but since Nissan hasn’t yet released full technical details we can’t say for sure what it means by this. When we tested the current car, we managed average fuel economy of 27.7mpg, so improvements will certainly be welcome.
The automatic alternative has also received attention to reduce internal friction (which should indeed improve the economy), while underbody aerodynamic changes make the revised X-Trail more slippery through the air, reducing drag (ditto).
New X-Trail arrives October
The revised Nissan X-Trail is set to start arriving with UK customers this October. So far Nissan is remaining tight-lipped about the pricing, but we should have more details in ‘the next few weeks’.
The existing choice of Acenta and Tekna equipment specification is likely to remain.
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